Pupils from a Catholic primary school in Barnstaple, North Devon had a school assembly with a difference recently – they got the chance to discover about the lives of seafarers and the world of shipping.
The students from Our Lady's Catholic Primary School were all ears when told about how seafarers play a vital role in moving essential goods by sea.
They also learnt about the work of seafarers’ charity Apostleship of the Sea (AoS) and how the organisation provides spiritual, pastoral and welfare support to seafarers in need.
AoS director of development John Green who spoke at the school’s assembly on October 19th said, “The subject of the sea and the lives of seafarers touches many aspects of the national curriculum and is a fundamental part of this country’s heritage.”
He added, “We rely on the sea for many things and up to 95% of the goods we use or consume in the UK arrive by sea. There are some 100,000 ships at sea crewed by more than 1.5 million seafarers.”
AoS, through its network of 15 port chaplains in ports around Great Britain offers seafarers spiritual and practical care.
This includes arranging for them to attend Mass, praying with them and providing them with free WiFi connection and phone top up cards so they can contact their families back home.
John said, “The students were very enthusiastic and listened with interest. They weren’t familiar with local ports in the area, but knew names of these towns such as Plymouth.”
You can find out about our range of schools' resources which include lesson plans and assemblies that are both easy to use and engaging for students by going to http://www.apostleshipofthesea.org.uk/resources-schools
Pupils of the school with John and Rob Meech, the school's principal.